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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2001
Executive Summary

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Violent Deaths at School

Nonfatal Student Victimization-Student Reports

Violence and Crime at School-Public School Principal/ Disciplinarian Reports

Nonfatal Teacher Victimization at School-Teacher Reports

School Environment

-Prevalence of students carrying weapons on school property

-Student's perceptions of personal safety at school and when traveling to and from school

-Students' reports of avoiding places in school

-Students' reports of being called hate-related words and seeing hate-related graffiti

-Students' reports of gangs at school

-Public school principals' reports of discipline problems at school

-Prevalence of students using alcohol

-Prevalence of students using marijuana

-Prevalence of students reporting drugs were made available to them on school property

Figures

Full Report (PDF)

-Supplemental Tables (PDF - 145 KB)

-Standard Error Tables (PDF - 144 KB)

-Appendix A   School Practices and Policies Related to Safety and Discipline' (PDF - 52 KB)

-Appendix B   Technical Notes (PDF - 73 KB)

-Appendix C   Glossary of Terms (PDF - 25 KB)

-Excel Tables   Zip Format (307 KB)

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School Environment

12. Students' perceptions of personal safety at school and when traveling to and from school*

One consequence of school violence is the fear that it can instill in students. Students who fear for their own safety may not be able or ready to learn. Concerns about vulnerability to attacks by others at school and on the way to and from school may also have a detrimental effect on the school environment and learning.

  • Between 1995 and 1999, there were decreases in the percentages of students feeling unsafe while they were at school and while they were going to and from school (figures 12.1 and 12.2 and table 12.1). In 1995, 9 percent of students ages 12 through 18 sometimes or most of the time feared they were going to be attacked or harmed at school, while in 1999 this percentage fell to 5 percent. Between these years, the percentage of students fearing they would be attacked while traveling to and from school fell from 7 percent to 4 percent.
  • Between 1995 and 1999, there was a decline in fear of attacks at school and when traveling to and from school among all racial/ethnic groups. However, in both years, larger percentages of black and Hispanic students than white students feared such attacks (figures 12.1 and 12.2 and table 12.1).
  • In both 1995 and 1999, students in lower grades were more likely to fear for their safety at school than were students in higher grades (table 12.1). For example, in 1999, 9 percent of students in grade 6 feared for their safety while at school, compared with 3 percent of students in grade 12.
  • Between 1995 and 1999 there was a decline in fear of attacks at school and to and from school within almost all grades. However, in both 1995 and 1999, students in lower grades were also more likely than students in higher grades to fear being attacked on the way to and from school (table 12.1).
  • Between 1995 and 1999 there was a decline in fear of attacks at school and to and from school for students in all areas-urban, suburban and rural. However, in 1999, as in 1995, students in urban schools were more likely than students in suburban or rural schools to fear being attacked at school and when travelling to and from school (table 12.1).
*This indicator repeats information from the 2000 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report. Comparisons between the 1989 data and the 1995 and 1999 data should be made with caution due to changes in the questionnaire. See appendix B for details.

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